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Tony Gwynn Cover - Sports Illustrated July 25, 2007

July 25, 2007 | TEXT BY TIM KURKJIAN
The Iron Man was the ideal nickname for Cal Ripken Jr. For more than 16 years he battled pain, sickness and just plain fatigue and did not miss a day of work. But as this private look at Ripken in...

July 25, 2007 | Compiled by ANDREW LAWRENCE
From his first at bats as a rookie through his 3,000th hit, Mr. Padre was a San Diego icon

The Swing Machine never stopped striving to be better, studying every pitch of every at bat in search of perfection at a craft that measures success as failing two out of three times. Tony Gwynn's...

July 25, 2007 | Text by RICHARD HOFFER
For two decades, throughout their remarkably parallel careers, Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn graced baseball with their unwavering dedication and their joyful commitment to playing the game

July 25, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
San Diego was the site of a rap session for the ages as Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn discussed their philosophies of hitting, their baseball legacy and the game's next great players

July 25, 2007 | Compiled by Robert Emrich
Since 1936 a place in Cooperstown has been reserved only for those who have left an indelible mark on the game. Here is the complete list of Hall of Famers

July 25, 2007 | STEVE WULF
Though its beginnings are based on a suspect ball and a letter penned by a madman, the Hall has become a sacred shrine for fans and players--something like going to baseball heaven

July 25, 2007 | Compiled by DAVID SABINO
Every one of the more than 165,000 pieces of memorabilia housed in the Baseball Hall of Fame offers an echo of one of the greatest players, moments or achievements of the game's past century and...

July 25, 2007 | Compiled by Melissa Segura
Whether as a sure-handed shortstop or a record-breaking icon, the incomparable Cal Ripken Jr. left a lifetime of lasting images

July 25, 2007 | Compiled by ROBERT EMRICH
Where was Cal Ripken Jr. named Sportsman of the Year and Tony Gwynn dubbed baseball's best hitter? On the cover of SI

July 25, 2007
[The following text appears on the cover.] Ripken A Salute To Cal Jr. Ripken and Tony Gwynn on the Art of Hitting by Tom Verducci The Treasures of Cooperstown by Steve Wulf